tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS September 4, 2014 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
>> pelley: tonight, criminal charges in one of the biggest pharmaceutical disasters in u.s. history. a pharmacist linked to the deaths of 64 patients is arrested as he's about to leave the country. jim axelrod is on the story. violence erupts at that nashville detention center for juveniles just days after a mass breakout. mark strassman has the latest. a discovery of prehistoric proportions. don dahler with the greatest toe on earth. >> that's a toe. >> reporter: that's a toe? >> yes. >> reporter: oh, my gosh. >> pelley: and we'll remember joan rivers. >> dress by oscar de la renta. ( cheers and applause ) body by oscar meyer. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news"
with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. this is our western edition. for more than 50 years, television made joan rivers one of the most familiar guests in america's living rooms. rivers died today in a new york hospital one week after she went into cardiac arrest at an outpatient clinic. the new york health department says that it is investigating the clinic in connection with her death. joan rivers was 81. her daughter melissa said: and in that spirit, we will look at how joan rivers made so many of us laugh a little bit later in the broadcast. but first, there is breaking news in a story that we have long been investigating. there has been an arrest in one of the biggest pharmaceutical disasters ever. at least 751 people came down with meningitis and other
infections, and 64 died after getting tainted steroid injections. those injections were produced by a boston compounding pharmacy. that is a pharmacy that makes custom drugs. today, a supervisor at that facility was arrested at logan airport as he was about to leave for hong kong. jim axelrod now on what he's accused of doing. >> reporter: tonight, glenn chin, who was head pharmacist for the new england compounding center, stands charged with one count of mail fraud for labeling steroids as sterile and safe for human use when he knew they weren't. f.d.a. investigators say chin instructed pharmacy technicians to mislabel medication to indicate it was properly sterilized and tested and fraudulently complete cleaning logs in the labs. the affidavit states the n.e.c.c. then shipped those tainted steroids to pain doctors in michigan, who unknowingly injected them into their patients.
217 got fungal infections, including meningitis, in one clinic alone. 15 of them died. joe connolly worked for chin as a lab tech at n.e.c.c. in an interview with scott pelley for "60 minutes," he says he warned his boss about the contamination risks. >> pelley: when you went to your supervisor and told him that, he said what? >> that's verbatim. he shrugged. that was his response for a lot of our questions or comments or concerns, was a shrug. >> reporter: one of the company's owners, barry cadden, also didn't appear worried about oversight from state inspectors when he spoke to his sales staff as n.e.c.c. started ramping up production. we obtained this internal training video. >> they have no clue. they go around, they're like, "oh, barry, the place looks great. i got to go." a cup of coffee and they go out the door. really, that is what it is like. >> reporter: after hundreds were sickened in 20 states, federal
inspectors shut down the company's plant west of boston after finding standing water, mold, and fungus. the lab was located in the same building as a recycling company, another business owned by cadden and his family. chin's arrest marks the first criminal charges, but with the grand jury still considering evidence after a nearly two-year investigation, probably not the last. mike sullivan is a former united states attorney in boston. >> if i were kind of in that chain, that organizational chain, i would not be breathing a sigh of relief after reading that. i'd be... continue to be concerned about whether or not i'm going to be implicated if i was anywhere in that chain. >> reporter: glenn chin's lawyer says his client was headed to hong kong with a round-trip ticket to attend a family wedding, and that his arrest at logan airport this morning was "ridiculous and a publicity stunt." >> pelley: we understand a grand jury is still deciding whether to file charges against others in the case. jim, thanks very much.
today, a federal judge in new orleans ruled that b.p. was grossly negligent in the worst accidental oil spill in history. 11 workers were killed when a b.p. well blew out in 2010, spilling 176 million gallons of crude oil into the gulf of mexico. the judge put most of the blame on b.p. and said two other companies played smaller roles. the finding of gross negligence exposes b.p. to fines of up to $18 billion. former virginia governor bob mcdonnell and his wife, maureen, were found guilty today of taking bribes from a businessman. the corruption trial was full of surprises, most notably when mcdonnell took the stand and tried to blame it all on his wife. now, both face prison. chip reid is following the case. >> reporter: leaving the federal courthouse in richmond today, bob mcdonnell told reporters,
"all i can say is my trust remains in the lord." he left in one car, his wife, maureen, in another. a short time earlier, the former governor sobbed loudly as the clerk read the verdict finding him and his wife guilty on almost all counts-- 11 counts of corruption for him, eight counts of corruption and one count of obstruction for her. they were convicted of accepting about $165,000 in gifts and low- interest loans from businessman jo ams, including a $20,000 new york shopping spree for her, a $65,000 rolex for him, and luxurious vacations for both, including the use of a ferrari. in exchange, the prosecution successfully argued that the mcdonnells used their official positions as governor and first lady to promote williams' diet supplement business. mcdonnell's attorney henry absill says he was shocked by the verdict and intends to appeal.
>> we're very disappointed but we're not deterred. this fight is a long way from over. m reporter: on the stand for five days, mcdonnell argued he could not have conspired with his wife because their marriage was so broken, they barely spoke. he also blamed his wife for accepting many of the gifts, leaving him in the dark. the jury apparently rejected those arguments. it is a dramatic fall for mcdonnell, who ran for office as a family values conservative and was considered as a possible running mate for republican presidential candidate mitt romney. he was even mentioned as a future presidential candidate ngmself. sentencing is scheduled for january 6 and, scott, if these convictions are not overturned on appeal, both mcdonnells could be looking at the possibility of decades in federal prison. >> pelley: chip reid in washington. chip, thanks very much. tonight in wales, president obama and other nato leaders discussed action against isis terrorists in syria and iraq. today, american jets continued to pound the sunni muslim extremist group. there have been 127 u.s. air
strikes in iraq in just over three weeks. isis says it has beheaded two american journalists in retaliation. tomorrow, mr. obama will press lle turkish prime minister to do more, and holly williams shows us why. >> reporter: as isis has grown, it's used neighboring turkey, a key u.s. ally, as its staging ground. for three years, we've watched as the turkish government has allowed fighters to stream across its borders, driven by its desire to topple syria's dictator. in 2012, we interviewed the man in the yellow t-shirt. mahmoud was a bulldozer salesman from atlanta, georgia, who returned to his homeland to join the battle against the syrian regime. >> they come in and out. the turkish they are, i mean, closing eyes, um, when we cross. >> reporter: islamic extremists also took advantage of the
turkish turning a blind eye. in december, we filmed these men crossing illegally into the war zone in broad daylight. many militants have been treated in turkish hospitals and set up safe houses in turkish border towns. and in this turkish government refugee camp two years ago, we met these syrian men who told us they regularly crossed back into syria to fight, and wanted to establish an islamic state. the turkish government says it's never helped isis and considers it a terrorist group. but this member of turkey's opposite claims his government has allowed isis to flourish because it prefers the group to the syrian regime. he even accuses the turkish authorities of ignoring the
lucrative oil business on turkey's border. >> that money could be stopped. the money they get from smuggling could be stopped if the turkish government and neighbor countries had decided that they shouldn't get a coin. >> reporter: a turkish government official told us that 6,000 people are now banned from turkey because they fear they could slip over the border to fight with isis. scott, he also told us turkey has a 500-mile-long border with syria and it's simply impossible to stop everyone who wants to join the cause of the islamic extremists. >> pelley: holly williams reporting from istanbul for us tonight. thank you, holly. today, the u.s. department of justice launched a broad investigation into the police force of ferguson, missouri. a grand jury is already investigating last month's shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer, but justice correspondent bob orr tells us this new federal probe will go far beyond that. >> reporter: attorney general eric holder said, on his visit
to ferguson, missouri, last month, he heard numerous stories of a largely white police force clashing with a majority african american population. >> people consistently expressed concerns stemming from specific alleged incidents, from general policing practices, and from the lack of diversity on the ferguson police force. >> reporter: holder said those accounts and a review of policing records helped persuade him a justice department civil rights investigation was necessary. >> our investigation will assess the police department's use of force, including deadly force. it will analyze stops, searches, and arrests. >> reporter: ferguson was wracked by violence after the shooting death of michael brown. police repeatedly clashed with protesters. today, ferguson officials welcomed the justice department probe and said in a statement, "our collaborative efforts are another step forward as we continue the process of earning back the trust of our residents and our neighbors." the civil rights action comes on
top of an ongoing f.b.i. investigation, specifically into the circumstances surrounding the shooting. federal prosecutors are trying to determine if officer darren wilson violated brown's rights in killing the unarmed teenager. for now, civil rights investigators are focused solely on the police department in ferguson, but federal officials say the probe could be expanded to other nearby police forces, scott, if evidence suggests more widespread problems. >> pelley: and a decision on whether to charge the officer is likely weeks away. bob orr, thanks very much. reinforcements are called in after juvenile offenders go on a rampage at a detention center in tennessee. and what do you suppose those nuns are going to do with those buckets? we'll show you when the cbs evening news continues. ts with . and a choice. take 6 tylenol in a day or just 2 aleve for all day relief. onward!
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>> pelley: a special prison strike force is helping to keep the peace tonight at a juvenile detention center in nashville. twice this week, teenagers there went wild. first, there was an escape, and then a riot last night. mark strassman is following this. >> reporter: the woodland hills facility was bedlam for five hours overnight. juvenile offenders armed with sticks and poles busted out of their dorms. six teens became a mob of two dozen. swat teams posted outside watched some rioters shoot off fire extinguishers. others chased away and attacked unarmed guards. two staff members were hurt.
by 5:00 a.m., a dozen riot police have moved in, handcuffed the rioters and restored control. >> they can all walk out of their rooms any time they want to, to the common area, and when they came out of the rooms, they breached the door and they got out. >> reporter: james henry is commissioner of tennessee's department of children's services. he said, for the second time this week, teens got loose by kicking out aluminum panels under windows. >> they were able to knock those doors out again because they'd done it the night before very quickly. >> reporter: on monday night, 32 teens escaped the same facility. they broke out of their dorms, pulled up a section of chain link fence, and ran for a nearby highway. six of those escapees remain at large. >> most of the them are from single-family parents. some of them have been raised in a criminal element. most of them are angry, which i would be, too, if i was raised in that. >> reporter: the strike force on duty tonight has been authorized to use non-lethal force if necessary. and the fence that rings that compound will be reinforced with
a concrete base. one more note, scott-- the ten ringleaders from last night's riot have been transferred to a different juvenile detention facility. >> pelley: mark, thanks very much. a warning went out today in hawaii. flowing lava from the kilauea volcano is now less than a mile from a community on the big island. kilauea has been erupting non- stop since 1983. a new vent opened recently, sending lava toward the homes. it could get there within a week. for now, no evacuations have been ordered. one of the biggest discoveries in history is coming up next. oif for everyone. biotene, for people who suffer from dry mouth.
>> pelley: we got our first look today at one of the largest creatures that ever walked the earth, a dinosaur that weighed as much as a 737. the remains were discovered a decade ago in argentina and taken by scientists to philadelphia. don dahler is there. >> reporter: so this starts the tail of dreadnoughtus schrani... >> with a 30-foot long tail, dreadnoughtus schrani was king of the giants, seven times the size of a t-rex. >> that's a toe. >> reporter: that's a toe. >> yeah. >> reporter: why dreadnoughtus? >> when you're 65 tons, we're not really going to have any enemies, and that made me start to think of the turn of the last century warships, the
dreadnoughts, which were the first real steel battleships and essentially impervious to previous technology. and so i thought dreadnoughtus fears nothing. >> reporter: paleontologist ken lacovara discovered the 85-foot- long dinosaur in argentina when he spotted a part of a thigh bone. >> this was the discovery piece, and this bone was laying horizontally, just beneath the desert surface. by the end of the first day, after we had the ten bones, we knew there was a decent chance we had a new species. and after a year of total field work, we were on archaeological cloud nine, i guess you could say. >> reporter: it turned out to be the most intact large dinosaur ever found. >> in the case of dreadnoughtus, they got caught up in a river flood, and got caught in a soupy mix of sand and mud, like quicksand. >> reporter: and that's how you were able to find a relatively complete skeleton. >> that's right. >> reporter: they spent nine years excavating the fossils, icking them in plaster and
shipping them back to his lab at drexel university in philadelphia. >> when you find something and you know it's new, especially when you have a good idea it's a new species, you're sitting out there in the desert and you realize, "i'm the first person to ever see this, i'm the first person that knows this." that's a very special experience for any scientist. >> reporter: he has to return the fossils to argentina by the end of this year. in order to continue studying them, the paleontologist digitally scanned every bone. >> you can do this in a virtual space and it just opens it up to the world. >> reporter: hidden from sight for 77 million years, dreadnoughtus schrani is now visible to all. don dahler, cbs news, philadelphia. >> pelley: an order of nuns that dates back to the 18th century heard the calling and answered. members in dublin, ireland, accepted the ice bucket challenge again and again to raise money to fight a.l.s. so it says in proverbs 25--
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affair. she said, "i want meryl streep crying in five different accents. i want bobby vinton to pick up my head and sing 'mr. lonely'. and i want a wind machine so even in the casket my hair is blowing just like beyonce's." we asked jim axelrod to tell us her story. >> reporter: from carson's couch... >> i went to buy sexy underwear and they automatically gift wrapped it. >> reporter: ...to the ice bucket challenge... >> everybody happy!? >> reporter: ...joan rivers spent half a century in front of the cameras, using a signature catch phrase... >> can we talk here? the people i work with -- >> reporter: ...and a tart tongue she often turned on herself. >> dress by oscar de la renta... ( cheers ) ...body by oscar meyer. ( laughter ) >> reporter: born joan molinsky in brooklyn 81 years ago... >> look at this. >> reporter: ...rivers made her first "tonight show" appearance in 1965. >> wow.
>> isn't that nice? >> how you feeling? >> great. .> reporter: by the early '80s, she'd become johnny's regular guest host and a-list celebrity, which may have been the high point of her career. >> so happy to be here. >> reporter: when he started her own competing talk show on fox in 1986, carson was furious. they never spoke again. the show flopped, and shortly after, her husband committed suicide. as she told richard schlesinger in 2010, she's hit rock bottom. >> everything was taken away. dramatic, dramatic, but i truly started from ground zero again. no, negative numbers. because i had the reputation of "she's hard to work with." my fox show had failed. my husband committed suicide, so she must be a terrible person. just everything went to hell in a handbag, gone. >> reporter: she reinvented herself as daytime talk show host, best-selling author, reality show star, and fashion critic.
>> that dress has more creases than my face did before botox. >> reporter: last april, "sunday morning's" mo rocca asked her how she felt about dying, and not in the stand-up sense. >> reporter: how do you think actual death will compare with dying onstage? >> i think actual death will be a lot easier than dying onstage because, you know, if you do it right, you can go looking good and maybe with a little quip, "i loved everybody." >> reporter: joan rivers always wanted the last word-- sometimes profane, often offensive, but always meant to make you laugh. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
francisco building... sendi toxic smoke air... and forcing evacuati firefighters are still puttg out the hot spots... hours r it all started. new co a five-alarm fire destroys a san francisco building sending toxic smoke into the air forcing evacuations. firefighters are still putting -- into the air, forcing evacuations. firefighters are still putting out hot spots. new concerns about what happens next. good evening. kpix 5's mike sugerman live at what's still an active fire scene. mike, now the concern is the whole building could collapse at any moment? >> reporter: police are requesting a demolition permit because they want to knock down the building because the fear is it to come down on its own. this was a store full of stuff,
t-shirts, souvenirs, knickknacks, inpensive foreign-made, crammed, and twice customers complained. the customers complained it was so crowded, there could have been a fire hazard. they complained to the fire department. twice the store cleaned things up before they could get cited. smoke came out of this building so much that you could see it from the east bay. it was so thick, four people, two firefighters and two neighbors, were taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation. >> i just saw huge smoke when i walk into the mission campus building. >> it was really bad, man. it was like i was having headaches and dizzy, my eyes are burning so bad. i had to go in the back and i could see the lights went off right now, uhm, it was getting worse,